LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif returned yesterday after completing visits of Britain and Turkey. The CM had left for UK on November 29.

Talking to media at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, the chief minister termed his visits very successful. “A number of MoUs were signed during the visit which will further increase economic cooperation with Britain and Turkey,” he told the reporters.

Shahbaz Sharif added: “UK has assured full cooperation to Punjab in health and education sectors and his meetings with British ministers and departmental heads had been very fruitful. Foreign investors expressed keen interest in UK-Pakistan Energy & Infrastructure Conference in London and expressed willingness for investment in Pakistan.

“New avenues of cooperation have opened between Pakistan and Britain during the visit.”

Talking about his meetings with Turkish leadership and investor, the CM said that President Tayyip Recep Erdogan assured cooperation in every sector.

Soon after his arrival, Shahbaz Sharif attended a special meeting in connection with arrangements of functions in the memory of Army Public School Peshawar students on December 16.

Shahbaz Sharif said that rich tributes will be paid to the APS martyrs on completion of one year of the tragedy. “The beasts killed innocent children and teachers on December 16, 2014 and we can never forget sacrifices of those martyrs,” he stated.

Expressing the resolve not to rest content till the elimination of last terrorist from the motherland, the CM directed the authorities to hold functions for commemorating the tragedy throughout the province. “This day will be remembered forever and its importance will never lessen. Blood of these martyrs will not go waste,” said the CM, adding that the incident united the whole nation. He said there is no room for terrorists and their facilitators in Pakistan. He reiterated that peace will be restored in Pakistan with exemplary unity of the nation. He vowed that Pakistan will be purged of terrorists.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the authorities to strictly preserve the historic building and heritage on the route of Orange Line Metro Train. Presided over a meeting here yesterday, the CM reviewed the progress on the construction work of Orange Line Metro Train Project.

He said the project will be a masterpiece of architecture. After metro bus service, orange line metro train project is also for common man, he added.

The CM, who is personally monitoring the progress of the project, directed the authorities to work out plan for smooth flow of traffic during completion of the project. He also sought satisfactory arrangements for the protection of citizens during construction work.